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Michigan Fishes in Changing Environments - EAS 501/ENVIRON 463


2 credits

Prerequisites: Ecology of Fishes (ENV409/EAS409/EEB487) or Biology of Fishes (ENV422/EAS422/EEB440), or permission of instructor for students who will be taking either class in the upcoming academic year.

Meets: August 12-24, 2019, but you will enroll for fall term credit*.

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructors: Karen Alofs, Hernán López-Fernández

*This course runs August 12-24, 2019, but you will enroll for fall term credit. You are financially responsible for these credits, but you may not have to pay additional tuition if your total credits are within 12-18 hours. Students taking fewer than 12 or more than 18 credit hours will be assessed fees on those credits.
You will live at the Biological Station for the duration of the course. Your room and board is covered by UMBS Transforming Learning scholarships.


Michigan fish communities are facing rapidly changing climates, habitat fragmentation and degradation, and increasing species invasions. In this field course, you will investigate the impacts of these changes.

You will learn fish identification, handling, and sampling, habitat description and water quality assessment. In addition, you will also learn field photography, tissue sampling, specimen preservation and data management and analysis methods. Your collections will be prepared for accession into the collection at the Museum of Zoology where they will contribute to the long-term record of Michigan biodiversity. The class includes a sampling trip on the Inland Seas research schooner in Lake Michigan and small-group research or science communication projects.

The two-week course will work as an add-on field experience for students that have taken or will take Ecology of Fishes (ENV409/EAS409/EEB487 Winter) or Biology of Fishes (ENV422/EAS422/EEB440 Fall).